The evolution of the “Bad-Ass” run streak
Day 148 of running and counting....
How did this streak start, you ask?
One of the local running stores Capra does a challenge every November – run 30 minutes every day for November - https://www.capra.run/pages/the-november-30x30 - initially I thought about it and said no. I was starting to train for my Ironman distance race in Spain for June 2019 and I have always believed that if I run more than 4x a week I will get an injury so it was going to be a hard pass. However my brother-in-law had been running every day for over a year and seemed none the worse for it and well it was only 30 minutes each day. So I thought well let’s give it a try and see how it goes plus there was PRIZES and not for how far or fast just for running and I LOVE prizes.
My streak actually started the streak on October 31st because the club I run with https://www.facebook.com/NorthBurnabyRunners/ runs Wednesday nights and October 31, 2018 was a Wednesday. Since everything is more fun if you talk your friends into it – I convinced a couple of gal pals – Anne and Judith as well as my husband, Joe, to sign up. I felt like that way I would be held even more accountable besides having to register all my runs with the store.
For the first couple of weeks I will admit my legs felt a little heavy but I continued on motivated by the fact that there were daily prizes and if I did not log my run in then I would not be eligible for the daily or grand prizes. As the month evolved my legs stopped feeling so heavy and the runs seemed to get a little easier. The next thing I knew it was the end of November – I was feeling ok and had no injuries – so I guess my 18 year belief that I could not run more than 4x a week or I would get injured - was now no longer true. Plus I had dropped close to 15 lbs.
Well December 1st hit and I got up and I thought might as well go for a run, so I did. During that run I started to ponder-I wonder how long I can streak? My brother-in-law at that time was over 400 days straight and I thought might as well see what I can do.
Well we are now at 148 days of running and I am happy to say no injuries. Everyone keeps asking why and when will you stop and I say because and I don’t know. Without going into too much, some things have happened that have shaken my foundation and life - I am trying to come to terms with everything, what I want my new reality to be, and to figure out how I grow and move forward in a good way. The running has been one of the things that has helped me to stay grounded and try to move forward. It gives me a purpose and a goal each day and helps me to center myself and work through all my thoughts and feelings when it all seems so unfair and too much.
Other benefits are that I am running paces I have not run since before 2008 and while not my intention or the reason I started any of this another happy side effect is I down to the size I was when I was in my early 20’s.
How long will I streak? I really don’t know, for now I have no intention of stopping anytime soon and as long as I remain uninjured and don’t get sick I am going to continue because I can and I really need to. I am toying with a year - I mean it is only 30 minutes a day – and while I do run longer on Wednesdays and Saturdays the other days I stay at 30 minutes and just try to go a little bit farther in that time each day.
Thanks for reading
Peace out Shaun